Entries by jham

Mull vs. Loch Ossian shoot-out

Mull and Loch Ossian are two different, yet similar Westie weekends. Here’s how they stack up head-to-head: Capacity: Loch Ossian: 20; Mull: 20 (+ overflow into nearby campsite / BnBs / etc.) Distance to nearest pub: Mull: 30m; Loch Ossian: 30km. Reachable Munros: Loch Ossian: over a dozen; Mull: 1. Hot showers: Mull: yes (super

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Skye Trail Ultra

It’s very dark, sometime around 2am, I guess. Rain is falling steadily, as it has for most of the day. Alan and I are making our way along the narrow, rutted path toward Boreraig on the final long leg of the Skye Trail Ultra. Less than 24 hours ago I was downing a quick breakfast


Tiffin 16oz digestive biscuits crushed 4oz sultanas 8oz butter 6 tablespoons syrup 2oz drinking chocolate 12oz (300g bar) cooking chocolate milk 1. Line swiss roll tin with cling film. 2. Melt butter and syrup in a pan then turn off heat. 3. Add sultanas, drinking choc and biscuits and mix well. 4. Place in swiss

Ben Venue

(Posted on behalf of Val Houston) Sorry this is late, but where were the Westies for the relatively local Ben Venue race last Saturday? It is a great wee route with a bit of everything, fast track, rough steep hill, some ridge navigation and its share of boggy patches to grab your leg when you

Beinn Resipol Hill Race Report

(posted on behalf of “David and team”)   The weather cleared for Saturday and provided excellent running conditions. The race was won by our very own Robert Simpson in a time of 1:11:33, just 36 seconds off Tom Owens’ 2015 course record.   Robert – picturing himself being chased down the hill – managed to finish almost 10 minutes ahead of a clump of 5

Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay 2016

(posted on behalf of Michelle) First time in an actual Westie vest and first time reporter.  Given my own slight diversion on my own leg and my lack of literary skills , this could be the last time I’m asked to do either of these things. The Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay is a 42k

Tyndrum to Milngavie the ‘Ard Way

It all began when Helen opened a box labeled “Westies Archives – From the Golden Era” and found inside a faded parchment describing a mythical relay route from George Square to Fort William. avoiding almost entirely the new-fangled West Highland Way. A reduced version of the route quickly became the basis of the Extravaganza Eating,

Feel The Burns felt

The haggis was particularly good this year. Westies results (in alphabetical order, in a vain attempt to disguise my poor time): 91 Christopher McKiddie 2:13:16 98 Ewan Cameron 2:15:03 81 Grant Thomson 2:11:27 145 John Hamer 2:35:39 2 Mark Sutherland 1:38:45 166 Peter Baxter 2:46:03 115 Rob McQuater 2:19:15 Fantastic result from Mark. I have

Spring time trial results

Fully eighteen westies turned out for the first 5k time trial of the year. Russell was first home, earning himself a draconian handicap for the next time trial. New boy Greg posted an impressive sub-18 minute finish, the fastest on the night. Roddy once again proved the best at estimating his actual finish time. Well

Wednesday’s Wet Whangie

Whangie Wednesday, Westies! We wait, warm, while water whips windscreen wipers. Will we withstand? Wither? Withdraw? Why worry! Well, whyever? Warily, warriers wander westwards, Waterproofs withstand whirling wind. Waddle, wallow. Whoops! Who was waylaid? Willpower woken within, we withstand washouts, waterfalls, whorling weather. We’re winners! Well worn, wonderful worthy workout. Where’s wine, whisky?!